chapter  1
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Introduction

Whenthesubjectofdelinquencyhitstheheadlines,thediscussion rarelyhasmuchreferencetowomenandgirls.Whenitdoestheusual commentatorsremainuneasilysilent.

Thishappenstoointhelecturehall,whethertheaudienceis academic,professionalorlay.Reticenceandevenavoidanceofthe subjectoffemaledelinquencyextendtopolice,tomalemagistrates, andeventomanypsychiatricclinics,exceptwherewomenarein charge.Aseamofsomethingwemightvaguelycallchivalryruns throughoursociety,andwhilewomeninthemainarerealisticabout theirownsex,mostmenareafraidoftheirmixedguiltandangerat theworstdemonstrationsofwomenorgirls'goingwrong'.Deeper emotionsapart,crimeisaman'sworld,andfemaledelinquencytends alltoooftentobeshruggedofforavoided.